It has been ages we since we have spoken
Perhaps, I never felt the need to converse with you, because I would see you around forever
But today, while seeing your picture, I realized your quietness; I realized it could not mean you are calm..
Let us speak today, I might say a few words, I might ask you a few questions..
I don’t know if you will answer those or respond to me, may I request you to listen to me?
I have always seen you as a very kind person, very patient, extremely tolerant
Through all those writings about you, you were constantly portrayed that way…
We admire you for your loving and caring nature,
for all the hardship you had to carry throughout your life,
for being a supportive partner of Babasaheb and for all the sacrifices you made..
Was this journey easy for you?
Were you so extremely patient and forbearing that you never complained?
You were a thinking being; didn’t you ever say a word about your pain?
I am amazed and would like to understand how it would have been for you?
I’m sure you must have definitely talked to at least yourself, to someone close to you,
you must have become agitated..
But regrettably your words, your voice never reached us Ramai,
Because way before we had learned about your nature, about your feelings, about your sorrows and thinking
Perhaps, we had naturalized your hardships…
I can only salute you for being whatever you were!
Ramabai (1896-1935) was the daughter of Bhiku Dhutre. Ramabai was married to Bhimrao Ambedkar in 1906.
Today, 27th May, is the death anniversary of Ramabai Ambedkar.